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Cations play an essential role in CO2 reduction

Computational studies have previously explored the effect of cations and hypothesized their vital role in electrocatalysis. Now, experimental evidence shows that without a cation, CO2 reduction simply does not take place.

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Fig. 1: Combined experimental and theoretical investigations to understand how cations enable CO2 reduction.

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Chen, L.D. Cations play an essential role in CO2 reduction. Nat Catal 4, 641–642 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41929-021-00667-1

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